Yes, it was. And unfortunately, most SCSU fans are unwilling to admit this. If you visit USCHO, the weekly thread of this series has exploded. SCSU fans are calling for Sioux fans to get over it and most are saying that it was not a dirty hit. Sioux fans are calling out Marvin for destroying their best player.
As a self-proclaimed great hockey mind, I have spent a lot of time breaking this hit down. I was a physical player myself when I played, so I know a lot about checking and the physical side of hockey.
Without further ado, check out the following:
Wait for the slow motion. At 8 seconds, you can clearly see Marvin is not skating. He is gliding. A player at this caliber should not stop moving their feet. Although I can't prove it, I am very confident that Marvin is no longer looking at the puck and is only thinking about how to hit Chay. At 10 seconds, you can definitely tell Marvin is going for Chay and not the puck. The puck is at Chay's stick but Marvin is not looking for the puck. Also look where his stick is. It's not on the ice. He's holding it with two hands, clearly preparing to use it as a weapon. One second later, the puck has come free and is to Marvin's left. Yet he has no interest in the puck. He only has one thing on his mind: bring down Chay. Look at how he has now wound up. He is preparing to inflict maximum force on Chay. At 14 seconds, you can see the impact. Marvin has hit Chay in the head and driven him into seamless glass. He has used his larger size to inflict maximum pain on Chay. He has used his forearms, elbows, and stick to injure him. He has pulled a ridiculous goon move that in all honesty, reminds me of Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore.
Actually, this is much worse than Bertuzzi. Genoway is way more valuable to the Sioux then Moore was to the Avalanche. Also, Genoway didn't do anything to deserve this hit. Moore in the previous week took out Naslund with an elbow, albeit unintentionally. Yet Bertuzzi was suspended for much longer than Marvin was. Why was Marvin not suspended for the season? Why did he not have to issue an apology?
This hit was disgusting. Marvin delivered a horrible hit that should at the very least have garnered a yearlong suspension. You know if a Sioux player would have done this, that would have been the consequences.